Thursday, July 10th 2008

Albatron Launches Three PCI Low-Profile GeForce 8 Video Cards

If you're on the market, looking for a card that will work on most of today's PCs, you'd be surprised to know that Albatron is launching a trio of new PCI low-profile graphics cards. Yes they are PCI, not PCI-Express compatible and they are part of the GeForce 8 generation. The cards are dubbed PCI8600GT-256X, PCI8500GT-256X, PCI8400GS-256, and represent GeForce 8600 GT, 8500 GT and 8400 GS respectively. The first two cards come equipped with GDDR3 memory, 128-bit interface and HDMI connectivity while the PCI8400GS-256 makes use of GDDR2 chips, a 64-bit interface and has no HDMI. All three cards come with 256MB memory, DVI and TV-Out connectors.

Source: Albatron
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41 Comments on Albatron Launches Three PCI Low-Profile GeForce 8 Video Cards

#1
roberto888
Nice.:) My friend will love it. He hasn't got money for a new config and he hasn't got AGP or PCI-e connector on his motherboard. But has PCI. I'll buy one of this to him.:):p;)
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#2
mdm-adph
Wow -- we finally have a card to unseat the ATI X1300 PCI from its seat of power! :laugh:
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#3
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
I wonder how badly bottlenecked the 8500GT would be paired with a P3 @ 700Mhz. Yes, I still have that old Gateway to this day.
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#4
Baum
I will Upgrade my Nano ITX Board with these as i only have one pci slot and sometimes the onboard GPU just laggs under XP .

If they are powerfull enought for Bf1942?
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#5
Mussels
Moderprator
....huh.

well, they DO bring blu ray decoding and vista compatibility to PCI systems.
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#6
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
by: Baum
I will Upgrade my Nano ITX Board with these as i only have one pci slot and sometimes the onboard GPU just laggs under XP .

If they are powerfull enought for Bf1942?
The 8500GT would actually play BF1942 decently. The 8600GT would play it pretty well.
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#7
FatForester
by: Baum
I will Upgrade my Nano ITX Board with these as i only have one pci slot and sometimes the onboard GPU just laggs under XP .

If they are powerfull enought for Bf1942?
Oh yea, my 9600XT played it back in the day. Heck, that thing plays Source games great (TF2 does give it some trouble though) :laugh:
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: JrRacinFan
The 8500GT would actually play BF1942 decently. The 8600GT would play it pretty well.
i'd say both would own the game. the question is how much the PCI bus holds the cards back.
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#9
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
This is a great idea, and a good replacement for an emergency card.
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#10
Mussels
Moderprator
oh and we're all ignoring that its LP with HDMI. i guess someone cares :P
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#11
xubidoo
damn sight better than my current emergency PCI card ..Geforce 2 MX 400 PCI 32mb :D
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#12
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
I had just thought of something with the current single 8600GT w/ single 16x slot owners. SLi ready? LOL
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#13
ktr
Damn, I wish these cards support hybrid power...
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#14
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My friend could easily use one; his current graphics card is a GeForce 5500 64 MB PCI; this'd get the framerates he's after.
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#15
JrRacinFan
Served 5k and counting ...
Also another item I just thought of, would Physx drivers work with these cards?
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
by: JrRacinFan
Also another item I just thought of, would Physx drivers work with these cards?
a most intruiging thought. They are 8 series so they have to support cuda, and the ageia card is only PCI...
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#17
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: xubidoo
damn sight better than my current emergency PCI card ..Geforce 2 MX 400 PCI 32mb :D
man and i thought my back up is bad but then again i'm actually using my BU card :cry:
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Mussels
Moderprator
by: cdawall
man and i thought my back up is bad but then again i'm actually using my BU card :cry:
my backup has 512K of ram :P it lets me see the bios at least.
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#19
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: Mussels
my backup has 512K of ram :P it lets me see the bios at least.
i have one of those in the garage its my BU's BU
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#20
candle_86
by: Mussels
i'd say both would own the game. the question is how much the PCI bus holds the cards back.
well not much really depending on the game. The PCI bus will only hold them back when they request memory over the PCI bus this is the key reason AGP was faster because of sideband addressing and fast writes. So with 256mb of local memory onboard and if you keep the game at settings that are reasonable say 10x7 @ medium/high dpending on game there shouldnt be an issue as most data can be kept on the GPU. Now if it starts to fetch data your screwed
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#21
candle_86
lol my backup is a geforce FX5200 PCI i feel so lucky, and if i cant find a DVI adaptor for it, yes it has a single DVI port i can always throw my Riva TNT 16mb in there
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#22
mdm-adph
by: candle_86
lol my backup is a geforce FX5200 PCI i feel so lucky, and if i cant find a DVI adaptor for it, yes it has a single DVI port i can always throw my Riva TNT 16mb in there
Yeah yeah, geforce -- yeah, what's with the Avatar? Picking up where Dangle leaves off? Or are you the same person? :laugh:

Seriously, man -- if you're going to criticize a politician, at least use some facts. Like, for instance, because of the recent FISA ruling in America, it's now okay to call Barack Obama a liar. I'll go along with that.

But a buddy of Osama? I don't think so -- Osama's a Republican. :shadedshu
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#23
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
The thing about these that gets me excited is the PhysX. If nVidia unlocks PhysX support for the rest of their 8 series cards soon, these would be a perfect drop in for use as nothing other than a PhysX card.
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#24
OnBoard
by: Baum
I will Upgrade my Nano ITX Board with these as i only have one pci slot and sometimes the onboard GPU just laggs under XP .
Not a bad idea, have my C-16 mini-ITX closing ready, but 90W pico PSU might die with one of these in it :D And I'd need a riser card and more holes to the case and it's not for heavy gaming anyways.. ..but good to know there is an option :)

Wonder if all the models are that long, what is their power usage and are they cheap. And is the 8400 passive, as the system is passive (well one 80mm silent fan on top of NB as it gets hot)
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#25
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
The thing about these that gets me excited is the PhysX. If nVidia unlocks PhysX support for the rest of their 8 series cards soon, these would be a perfect drop in for use as nothing other than a PhysX card.
physx and folding ;)
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